Friday, 30 April 2010

Colour studies

I'm now onto the colour studies part of module 1.

Our first task was to select a colour scheme from our 'pile' of inspirational goodies that we'd collected. True to form my inspiration was a bit different, as when I was on the beach at Minehead I was looking around and noticed that there was colour everywhere, and some in handy natural juxtapositions and groupings. I didn't have any colour media with me so I had to content myself with sketching, making colour notes and taking pics, so the resulting SB pages were worked when I returned to the caravan site we were staying at.




The colour scheme on the RHS has been taken from this pic of beach rubbish I saw in Bognor, and is the one I finally chose to work with. The muted pastel colours appealed to me and I liked the contrast of the black and deep orange.


Having selected the colour scheme, the next step was to make papers with paint etc that matched the colours as closely as possible and I also linked with some of the textures used in my theme.


Then it was time to use the papers to explore groupings.


And backgrounds, first putting all colours on all BG's in turn.


And then on 3 different BG's


Next I made a collection of coloured papers using the same colour scheme and again looking for textures that might echo my seaside theme.


These papers were all made using a technique involving powder paints vinegar and sugar that produces a surface you can draw into.


For this one I went back to the blue cellophane and sandwiched 2 layers together with pieces of the cloth cut up inside, it made me think of the ripples in the sea and the flotsam that gets caught up in it.


These 2 pieces are made using a wash-off technique with gouache and waterproof ink. I thought they gave a nice weathered look like you see on old boats, the designs were taken loosely from shells and anemones.


These last papers were experiments on surfaces, thinking about the fairground horses for the gold paper one and rocks and stones for the grey/black one behind, which is a resist technique using ink, wax and gouache.

I've really enjoyed this chapter, no surprises there really as I love exploring colour, but I've been pleased that I made the effort to revisit paper techniques I haven't used for many years.

1 comment:

  1. lovely papers, would that I knew how to do many of them! Paula